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    Two Pendants Representing Shamans
    Sinú
    A.D. 100 - 700
    Gold, Weight 50 grams (total)
    Height 2 1/4 in. Width 1 3/8 in.
    Height 2 3/4 in. Width 1 5/8 in.

    While not a pair, these two similar pendants are close to one another in size. The smaller one is a relatively rough casting in pinkish native gold, in which the surface forms are somewhat blurred. The headdress arcs to either side from a central wedge-shaped element, curling back to touch the ear areas. Its outer rims are edged with fine incised parallel lines. The figure has braided head and waist bands and a necklace of rectangular elements. Two downward-turned leaf-like forms are on either side of the elongated body, which ends in a bifurcated tip. A small globular casting fault extends from the proper right tip of the headdress. The condition is excellent.
    The other shaman figure has two leaf-like forms at either side of the elongated body, which is crossed by horizontal bands above and below the lower pair of leaf forms. An imperfectly-cast arrow completes the lower tip. The points at the outer ends of the arced double headdress end in profile zoomorph heads. An upward-pointing arrow is at the top center, rising from a braided headband. Spiral ear ornaments and a complex necklace complete the attire. Other than several original casting faults, the condition is excellent.

    The lot is sold with a statement of authenticity from the distinguished expert Robert Sonin.

    Provenance
    David Bernstein, New York



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    29th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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